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The People Who Were Almost Cast

The People Who Were Almost Cast In Indiana Jones Sallah
Danny DeVito (pictured) was originally Spielberg's first choice to play Egypt's best digger yet the actor proved too expensive. Spielberg rethought the character as a robust, pirate type figure and cast John Rhys-Davies after seeing him in '80s miniseries Shogun.


Rene Belloq
After Spielberg considered then rejected French crooner Jacques Dutronc and Italian Giancarlo Gianni (Mathis in Casino Royale) for the role of the smooth, collaborating archaeologist, he landed on British actor Paul Freeman - Spielberg saw him in controversial docudrama Death Of A Princess and was captivated by his piercing eyes.



The People Who Were Almost Cast In Indiana Jones
Willie Scott
Sharon Stone (pictured) was among the hundreds of actresses that Spielberg saw for high maintenance chanteuse Willie Scott. He eventually settled on Kate Capshaw, best known at that time for her role in daytime soap Edge Of Night, but only after one important change. Lucas was adamant that Willie be a blonde to contrast with Marion's dark locks so Capshaw's brunette hair had a run-in with a bottle of peroxide.


Short Round
The search for Indy's sidekick took in 6000 children worldwide with the winner turning up in Spielberg's backyard of Los Angeles. Ke Huy Quan turned up to an audition, only initially to accompany his brother. When Spielberg spotted the boisterous kid, he set up an improv with Harrison Ford in which Short Round would accuse Indy of cheating at cards - it is the scene that is in the finished film, played out round the campfire.


Henry Jones Sr.
Two words: Sean Connery. Nobody else could do it.

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